Honestly, this one has been easy. The first products I tried are the ones that I stuck with... and they are readily available in any grocery or drug store. Drum roll please.... ready for it?
Caring for Mikayla's hair has been a bit trickier than the skin. In my opinion, the two essential items needed to care for black, natural hair are: 1) a good conditioner, and 2) a great daily hair moisturizer. Here is our routine, including products we use and like:
- Daily - On a daily basis we use a hair moisturizer (also referred to as "hair milk" or "hair lotion). We moisturize Mikayla's hair three times each day: in the morning when she wakes up, after her nap in the afternoon, and before bed. This is probably the most important part of our hair care routine. I am currently alternating between these moisturizing/detangling products:
- Every Other Day - We typically "co-wash" Mikayla's hair every two days, when she is wearing it in a loose style. "Co-Wash" is a term that means washing the hair with conditioner (versus shampoo). We regularly use these two conditioning products:
- Blended Beauty Tug Me Not Conditioner and Herbal Reconditioner. Both of these products are fabulous. The Tug Me Not can be used on a daily basis, and the Herbal Reconditioner we use every now and then to get a really deep condition.
- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner. This product smells yummy, and leaves the hair very soft and silky. I actually think it works just as well as the Blended Beauty products... and it's cheaper! Yay! Once we finish the BB products, I will probably just continue to use this conditioner due to the cost savings.
- For Styling - I have found two products that I tend to "fall back on" every time I put Mikayla's hair in any sort of style that needs to "hold" (such as braids, puffs, twists, etc.).
- Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel. This is a pretty light formula (for a gel), and I find it especially helpful to use when I put in braids or cornrows because it holds all the little pieces of her hair in the braid. This type of gel may not be necessary as her hair gets longer/thicker, and might possibly hold itself better.
- Happy Girl Hair - This site has lots of great tips on anything and everything about black, natural haircare (mainly focused on kids). The most recent posts are actually on "Yarn Braids"... a style we are definitely considering trying out this month since we'll be going on vacation and I want Mikayla to wear a style that will last and be EASY! Mikayla will love it because the yarn acts as "extensions," and makes the hair longer :)
- Katlynylyn's YouTube Channel - Everyone laughs when I tell them that I learned most of my styles from YouTube... but it's true! And in my opinion, this is the best channel for learning :)
And yes, in case you are wondering from the above picture... she did lose two more teeth recently! We are now up to a total of four and I think we may have another two out before long. The tooth fairy is going broke around here! :) But, teeth or no teeth, she still wins the "cutie patootie" award!
Thanks for reading our post about hair and skin! Leave comments and let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for products, styles, websites, etc. that you have learned from or enjoy!